Wild Horses of the Placitas.

Wild horses often survive in tiny pockets of land, wedged between outcrops of suburbia.  We started our workshop in an area of New Mexico outside of Bernalillo, called Placitas.  The wild horses there lived on lands managed by the BLM. Sadly, the BLM manages the land but offers the horses little to no protection.  When we were there, there was a lot of resentment among the locals about how to manage the situation.  Because of the drought, the horses living on the lands had no water source, and little food. Some locals felt strongly that the horses should be left alone, not fed and not approached by humans.  Other locals felt that the horses would die without human intervention, and both fed and watered them.  Everyone had the best interest of the horses at heart but no one could agree what their best interests really were.  As an outsider, I can see both views and kept wishing that the two factions could pool their resources...  

A few weeks ago I learned that the Placitas horses were rounded up.  Typically, wild horses are sold at auction.  Even sadder, the highest bidder is often a horsemeat factory, usually in Mexico.  Wild horse advocacy groups are sadly well-versed in handling this and were able to buy all but two of the Placitas horses back.  The images I made in April pull at my heart a bit, as I realize that the wildness of these horses was waning.